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Dr. Arlene Grierson

Schulich School of Education - Associate Professor
office: Brantford Campus - W308
email: arleneg@nipissingu.ca
ext: 7556
fax: 519-752-8372

Education:

BEd, McGill University;
MEd, Brock University;
PhD, Brock University

Areas of Specialization:

  • Reflective Practice & Conceptual Change
  • Literacy & Language Arts
  • Teachers' Professional Learning
  • Pre-Service Teacher Education
  • Self-Study of Teacher Education Practices
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Research Interests:

​​My research interests are in reflective practice, with attention to how teachers, teacher candidates, and teacher educators develop and implement professional knowledge. I am particularly interested in changes in educators' practices and associated beliefs, and in how participation in different models of professional learning (e.g., coaching, focus groups, field experiences) affects educators' change processes.

Current & Future Research:

  • ​​Exploring Literacy Coaching: an investigation of literacy coaches' growth during a professional learning initiative
  • The Benefits and Challenges of Practicum Peer Mentorship: teacher candidates' perceptions of participating in a paired practicum program
  • Do Reflective Journals Make a Difference? - teacher candidates' perceptions of the use of reflective journals in a pre-service language arts course
  • Exploring the Effects of a Teaching Practicum in Rural Kenya on Teacher Candidates' Global Understandings
  • In the future, I hope to expand my coaching research

Publications:

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles


Grierson, A., Tessaro, M. L., Grant, C., Cantalini-Williams, M., Denton, R., Quigg, K., & Bumstead, J. (in press). The bricks and mortar of our foundation for faculty development: Book- study within a self-study professional learning community. Studying Teacher Education. 

Grierson, A., Cantalini-Williams, M, Wideman-Johnston, T., & Tedesco, S. (2011). Building scaffolds in the field: The benefits and challenges of teacher candidate peer mentorship, Brock Education, 20(2), 85-103. 


Gallagher, T., & Grierson, A. (2011). Administrators’ lessons learned: Considerations in establishing demonstration classrooms,In Education, 17(1)


Grierson, A. (2010). Changing conceptions of effective teacher education: The journey of a novice teacher educator. Studying Teacher Education, 6(1), 3-15.


Grierson, A., & Gallagher, T. L.  (2009). Seeing is believing: Creating a catalyst for literacy change through a demonstration classroom professional development initiative, Professional Development in Education, (35)4, 567-584. 


Woloshyn, V., Gallagher, T., & Grierson, A. (2008). Enhancing teachers’ understandings of formal reading assessment: Does participation in an assessment practicum make a difference?  The Reading Professor, (30) 2, 26-35.   


Grierson, A., Gallagher, T., & Woloshyn, V. E. (2007). Special education teachers’ experiences implementing a “scientifically-based” program: All that glitters is not gold, Policy and Practice in Education, 13(1,2), 25-45.


Grierson, A., & Woloshyn, V. (2006). Transforming literacy assessment practices through an action research professional learning community. The Ontario Action Researcher, (8), 2.2.

Peer-Reviewed Conference Proceedings


Grierson, A., Grant, C., Tessaro, M. L., Cantalini-Williams, M., & Denton, R. (July, 2010). Collaboratively exploring our tensions through book study. Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on the Self-Study of Teacher Education Practices.Herstmonceux Castle, UK. (p. 97-100)

Grierson, A., & Denton, R. (September, 2010). Transforming perspectives through a Kenyan teaching practicum. Proceedings of the Landscapes of Learning Conference, Wilfrid Laurier University, Brantford, ON. 


Grierson, A., (July, 2007). Changing conceptions of effective teacher education. Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the International Study Association for Teachers and Teaching (ISATT). Brock University, St. Catharines, ON. http://www.isatt.org/ISATT-papers/ISATT-papers/Grierson_ChangingConceptions.pdf


Ontario Ministry of Education Technical Reports


Gallagher, T., & Grierson, A. (2007). Final Report for the Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat: Evaluation of the Niagara Catholic District School Board's Literacy/Numeracy Coaching Project(Tech. Rep. No. 1). St. Catharines, Ontario: Brock University, Faculty of Education.


Vanderlee, M. L., Grierson, A., Gallagher, T., & Mgombelo, J. (2006). Final Report for the Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat: Evaluation of the Niagara Catholic District School Board's Demonstration Classroom Project (Tech. Rep. No. 1). St. Catharines, Ontario: Brock University, Faculty of Education.


Educational Productions


Woloshyn, V. E., Gallagher, T. L., & Grierson, A. (2008). The Reading Clinic at Brock University: Exploring Reading Assessment. Instructional Video. Brock University Multimedia Production Centre. St. Catharines, ON. 


Teacher Resource Publications


Grierson, A. (2000). Jolly Jingles. Chigwell, Essex, UK: Jolly Learning Ltd.

Peer-Reviewed Conference Presentations


Grierson, A.
 (2011, May). Enhancing literacy coaches’ understandings of teachers’ diverse change processes: A promising practice. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE), Fredericton, NB.


Grierson, A. (2011, May). A murky bog: Research ethics and collaborative self-study. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE), Fredericton, NB.


Grierson, A. (2011, April). Walking the talk: Supporting teachers’ growth with differentiated professional learning. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), New Orleans, LA.


Grierson, A.  (2010, May). Supporting change in teachers’ literacy practices through differentiated professional learning. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE), Montreal, PQ.


Grierson, A., & Denton, R. (2010, May). Developing a global perspective through an international practicum. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE), Montreal, PQ.


Grierson, A., Cantalini-Williams, M., Wideman-Johnston, T., & Tedesco, S.  (2010, May). Building scaffolds in the field: The benefits and challenges of teacher candidate peer mentorship.Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE), Montreal, PQ.


Grierson, A.  (2010, May). Small steps and support: Key components in scaffolding teacher change. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Denver, CO.


Grierson, A., Tessaro, M. L., Cantalini-Williams, M., Grant, C., & Denton, R. (2010, May). Exploring the tensions of teacher education through collaborative self-study. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Denver, CO.


Tessaro, M. L., Grierson, A., Cantalini-Williams, M., Grant, C., & Denton, R. (2010, May). Developing our learning community in a faculty of education through collaborative self-study. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Denver, CO.


Grierson, A., & Denton, R. (2009, September). Transforming perspectives through a Kenyan teaching practicum. Presented at the Landscapes of Learning Conference, Wilfrid Laurier University, Brantford, ON. 


Grierson, A., & Cantalini-Williams, M., (2009, May). Scaffolding B.Ed. candidates’ growth: The Nipissing-Brantford Concurrent Education Pilot Mentorship Program. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE). Ottawa, ON.


Grierson, A.
, Cantalini-Williams, M., Denton, R., Grant, C., Quigg, K., Tessaro, M. L., & Bumstead, J. (2009, May).Developing our pedagogy of teacher education through collaborative self-study.  Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE). 

Ottawa, ON.


Grierson, A., & Woloshyn, V. E., (2009, May). Using conceptual models to understand and support teacher change through literacy coaching. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE). Ottawa, ON.


Grierson, A., & Woloshyn, V. E., (2009, May). Supporting the reading-related conceptual change processes of a first grade teacher. Presented at the Annual Convention of the International Reading Association (IRA). Minneapolis, MN.


Gallagher, T.  L., Grierson, A., & Kumar, R. (2009, April).Supporting change in literacy instruction and assessment practices through synergistic teacher professional learning opportunities. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), San Diego, CA.


Grierson, A. & Woloshyn, V.E. (2008, June). “Buying in” to differentiated reading instruction: Emma’s journey. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE). Vancouver, BC.


Gallagher, T. L., Grierson, A., & Kumar, R. (2008, June).Mutually-reinforcing professional learning opportunities that support teacher change in literacy instruction and assessment. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE). Vancouver, BC.


Grierson, A.
, & Gallagher, T. L. (2008, May). “Show me, help me, let me”: Supporting teacher change through a demonstration classroom program. Presented at the Annual Convention of the International Reading Association (IRA). Atlanta, GA.


Gallagher, T. L. & Grierson, A. (2008, May). Administrators at demonstration classroom sites: Leading literacy professional development. Presented at the Annual Convention of the International Reading Association (IRA). Atlanta, GA.


Grierson, A., (2007, July). Changing conceptions of effective teacher education. Presented at the Biennial Meeting of the International Study Association for Teachers and Teaching (ISATT). Brock University, St. Catharines, ON. 


Grierson, A., (2007, May). Changing conceptions of effective teacher education. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE). Saskatoon, SK


Grierson, A., & Gallagher, T. L. (2007, May). Seeing is believing: Creating a catalyst for literacy change through demonstration classrooms. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE). Saskatoon, SK.


Gallagher, T. L. & Grierson, A. (2007, May). Lessons learned: Administrative considerations in establishing demonstration classrooms.  Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE). Saskatoon, SK.


Grierson, A., Gallagher, T.  L., & Woloshyn, V.  E. (2007, May).All that glitters is not gold: Teachers’ understandings of a remedial reading program. Presented at the Annual Convention of the International Reading Association (IRA). Toronto, ON.


Grierson, A., Gallagher, T.  L., & Woloshyn, V.  E. (2007, April).Teachers’ experiences using a “one size fits all” remedial reading program. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Chicago, IL.


Grierson, A., Gallagher, T.  L., & Woloshyn, V.  E. (2006, May).Special education teachers’ experiences implementing a remedial reading program. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE). Toronto, ON.


Grierson, A. (2006, May). Transforming literacy assessment practices through action research. Presented at the Annual Convention of the International Reading Association (IRA). Chicago, IL. 


Grierson, A. (2005, November). Developing and using classroom-based literacy assessment portfolios in the primary grades.Presented at Celebrate Literacy Regional International Reading Association Convention (IRA). Toronto, ON.
 
Grierson, A. (2005, October). Developing and using classroom-based literacy assessment portfolios in the primary grades.Presented at Hats Off to Literacy Regional International Reading Association Convention (IRA). Calgary, AB.


Grierson, A. (2005, May). Transforming literacy assessment practices through action research. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE). London, ON.


Grierson, A. (2005, April). Transforming literacy assessment practices through action research. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Montreal, PQ. 


Grierson, A., Nicholls J., & Waugh, D. (2003, June). Linking and tracking student data. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Educational Researchers of Ontario (AERO). Toronto, ON. 


Grierson, A., & Thomas, A. (1998, April). Making math and literacy connections through children’s block play. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Childhood Education International. Tampa, FL. 


Ontario Ministry of Education Invited Addresses 


Cantalini-Williams, M., & Grierson, A. (2010, May). The Implementation of a Mentorship Model in a Concurrent Pre-service Program: A Promising Practice for Teacher Education. Presented at the Ontario Ministry of Education – Faculties of Education Forum. Toronto, ON.


Cantalini-Williams, M., & Grierson, A. (2008, May). Scaffolding B.Ed. candidates’ growth: The Nipissing-Brantford Concurrent Education Pilot Mentorship Program. Presented at the Ontario Ministry of Education – Faculties of Education Forum. Toronto, ON.


Gallagher, T., Grierson, A., & Graham, C. (2008, January).Supporting teacher change in assessment practices and beliefs: The synergistic effects of combining a demonstration classroom program with individualized teacher coaching. Presented at the Ontario Ministry of Education Assessment and Evaluation Symposium. Toronto, ON.


Woloshyn, V., & Grierson, A. (2005, May). Literacy instructional strategies for students with exceptionalities in grades 4-6.Presented at the Ontario Ministry of Education Symposium to Launch: Education for All, Report of the Expert Panel on Literacy and Numeracy Instruction for Students with Special Education Needs, Kindergarten to Grade 6. Toronto, ON.​

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